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hi all

i'm new to iphoto. do i need to keep the original files after importing into iphoto? whats typically what everyone does.
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Once iPhoto has the files stored on the computer you don't need them on your camera card. However I would always recommend that you back up your images ( and everything else as well). Time machine should back up your photo's automatically for you.
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so just to be clear i can delete the files in my photos folder and the ones in iphoto will remain?
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correct
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....but, it is good practice to keep many backups if you can.
-iPhoto data base gets corrupted.
-HD gets corrupted
-HD fails
all leads to a big

I keep all my photos in my pictures folder, many of which I keep in iPhoto too, as well as my 2 external HD backups.
1 with time machine and 1 with carbon copy cloner.

Photos are usually precious to most people, and it's not like the old days where we all have photo albums and negatives in safe storage.
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+1 for redundant backups of photos. Like 6string stated, photos are heirlooms for some folks. I'm paranoid enough about losing photos that I even have most burned to DVDs for safe keeping.
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